There's a lot of vibration when i turn and my wheel bearings and tie rods are loose. Tie rods seem simple enough to replace but I'm not familiar w/ wheel bearings at all... A mechanic wanted to charge me $1500 for the job but I'm a broke college kid w/ no one to help me out.. The problem seems to be worsening and I'm afraid my tire will fall off soon or tie rods will give.. Any advise??
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Do you have the radio on? Maybe it likes the music... Okay, so enough of that... The wheel could be bent. The tire out of round. The bearing could be bad. The tie Rod could be out or going out. The tie rod-end could be bent or worn. The Ball joint could be allowing it to wander. Lotsa stuff. Start with the simple things. Replace the wheel and tire. If it does not run out okay then move to the tie rod. Lifting the car up and securing it on a jack, shake the wheel in your hands about 3 and 9 o'clock. Does it feel loose? if so, inner or outer tie rod. Is the tie rod tube bent? Look at it. Only way is to see it. Ball joint: Lift the suspension just enough to take the tension off the wheel assy. Shake at twelve o'clock and six o'clock. Does it feel loose? Any looseness indicates the issue... roll the wheel on the car. Does it growl? Should like something other than smooth? if so, replace it. Does that help? Let us know!
sounds like your front end is worn out and yes tie rod ends are a common source of this problem along with out of balance tires and seperated tire cords, any tire store will inspect your car for free and give you an estimate to repair.
Tie rod ends do not have bushings (ball and socket like your hip). If vibration begins at 50-55 but goes away at slightly higher speed, it could be caused by wheel balance. Once balance has been checked jack up each front wheel and shake them back and forth and check for any loose steering components. If reasonably tight, My guess is that you have a bad hub bearing. If you don't know how to change them, get a manual to guide you (chiltons or haynes are OK for this). Pretty much it is a bolt out bolt in procedure and not terribly difficult except that sometimes the hub is rusted in and is a bear to get out. Need any help with that, just ask. Note...many bad hub bearings show no obvious defects...but can create a strong vibration...just determine which side is noisy and change it. Scrapyard parts are inexpensive and generally fairly reliable as replacements.
if you jacked up the car and you grab the tire from side to side u could tell if loose or bad but if you feel looseness in the steering wheel could be a tie rod bad move tie rod side to side and in and out to see if a problem
I had similar problem with my 03 trailblazer. It had a low dull hum in the front end with a little vibration being felt in gas pedal. Noise increased over a couple weeks and was louder turning to the left and quiter turning to right. A GM mechanic friend of mine replaced the front right hub and took care of the problem. Hub was about $160 at Autozone.